Steve Schapiro at Fahey Klein

June 15, 2017

We made silver gelatin murals for Steve’s latest show at Fahey Klein. Working directly with Steve, printing this body of work and getting a first-hand view of Taschen’s, The Fire Next Time, was very special for all of us at Griffin Editions.

First published by The New Yorker in 1963, The Fire Next Time, considered to be one of the most eloquent and powerful explorations of race in America, catapulted James Baldwin into literary fame. After reading Baldwin’s essays, Steve Schapiro convinced Life Magazine, where he had freelanced as a photographer, to let him travel with Baldwin from New York to Mississippi, documenting the Civil Rights Movement that was well underway. Schapiro notes of meeting and traveling with Baldwin, “Here was an intellectual, a brilliant man, and a black leader who never seemed to forget the importance of relating to each other as human beings. He had a hunger for love and believed in its power.” – Fahey Klein website